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Thando Hopa On Preserving African Heritage And Diversity For A Sustainable Future

Thando Hopa On Preserving African Heritage And Diversity For A Sustainable Future

Being a disruptor is discovering what your contribution to humanity will be. This week, Heavy Chef’s Content Manager, Ondela Mlandu had a chat with the global disruptor, Thando Hopa on the importance of safeguarding the African continent’s heritage and diversity for the future generation.

Professor Tim Noakes On What Entrepreneurs Need To Do To Curb Bad Eating Habits

Professor Tim Noakes On What Entrepreneurs Need To Do To Curb Bad Eating Habits

Heavy Chef anchor Caley Africa spoke to A1 rated scientist and one of the most world-renowned commentators on nutritional behaviour, Professor Tim Noakes, on the notoriously bad eating and lifestyle habits displayed by entrepreneurs. Prof Tim speaks out on what people are doing wrong, and how they should adjust their behaviour or face some fairly serious consequences.

Tim Willis: How Agritech Is Changing The World

Tim Willis: How Agritech Is Changing The World

Tim Willis gave a fascinating insight into Aerobotics, nominated one of SA's Top 5 Most Exciting Startups in 2018, and how they are changing the world. With a presentation that spoke the power of big data and AI, Tim explained how company is creating a flywheel of agricultural data. This data is allowing Aerobotics to make more informed decisions in real time, and ultimately change the world of farmers everywhere.

Startup Award From Hamburg Provides Access To Industry Networks And EU Market

Startup Award From Hamburg Provides Access To Industry Networks And EU Market

The FUTURE HAMBURG AWARD provides international startups with the opportunity to benefit from the city’s thriving digital scene and to expand their European business. Startups with a focus on digital business models can submit their applications until 5 January 2019. The winning teams will gain access to one of Hamburg’s most exclusive coworking spaces for up to six months.

Africa’s Top Tech Companies Invited To Pitch To Global Industry Leaders At Mining Indaba

Africa’s Top Tech Companies Invited To Pitch To Global Industry Leaders At Mining Indaba

Startups Unearthed Africa is an online competition aimed at raising the profile of African hardware or software companies across the global mining sector, with applications open to any business across the continent that has a prototype, product or service that can impact industry. Companies do not need to have worked on a mining project before, they just need to have exciting technology solutions that can make a difference.

Revealed: South Africa's Top 5 Most Exciting Startups 2018

Revealed: South Africa's Top 5 Most Exciting Startups 2018

The results are in. After 1,000 total entries and 141 unique entries were received for the Nedgroup Investments and Heavy Chef ‘SA’s Top 5 Most Exciting Startups’ event on the 4th December 2018. Entries were closed on Friday 23 November, and yesterday a shortlist of 12 startups were announced. Today, we reveal the final five.

'Master Of Scale' Gabriel Luna-Ostaseski On Magic Ingredients Of Scaling Your Startup

'Master Of Scale' Gabriel Luna-Ostaseski On Magic Ingredients Of Scaling Your Startup

On the 6th December 2018, Heavy Chef in partnership with Nedgroup Investments, is bringing Silicon Valley ‘Master of Scale’ Gabriel Luna-Ostaseski to Cape Town for an exclusive four-hour Masterclass on scaling businesses. Fred Roed, CEO of Heavy Chef spoke to Gabe in anticipation of his visit.

Arthur Goldstuck: What We Learned From Largest-ever Online Retail Survey Undertaken In South Africa

Arthur Goldstuck: What We Learned From Largest-ever Online Retail Survey Undertaken In South Africa

Arthur Goldstuck is confidently the best-known tech researcher working on the African continent. On the Heavy Chef stage, Arthur unpacked the Visa / World Wide Worx / Platinum Seed eCommerce survey results. On an evening that also featured Yuppiechef's Andrew Smith and Bradley Elliott talking about various aspects of the online retail landscape, Arthur's presentation dove headfirst into the details, gleaning key takeouts and some surprising statistics.

Bradley Elliott: The Five Major Trends That Are Sweeping African eCommerce

Bradley Elliott: The Five Major Trends That Are Sweeping African eCommerce

Bradley Elliott is the CEO of South African digital marketing agency Platinum Seed, which partnered with Visa and research firm World Wide Worx to create the largest ever Online Retail survey conducted in Africa, focusing on eCommerce. Elliott delivered an inspiring talk, originating in some of the major signals from China’s eCommerce market and then reverting to lessons from African eCommerce trends. Elliott ended his talk with five key takeouts to learn from the African example.

Why Does Heavy Chef Exist? [Podcast Interview]

Why Does Heavy Chef Exist? [Podcast Interview]

Recently, the founder of socially-conscious design agency Creative Seed, Lee Rael and his team launched SeedPod, a podcast seeking to unearth the impactive, socially relevant entrepreneurs in South Africa and beyond. Last week, Lee interviewed Heavy Chef founder Fred Roed to chat about failure, success, the entrepreneurial challenges in South Africa and Fred’s new venture.

Katlego Maphai To Tell The Story Of An African Fintech Company To Local Entrepreneurs At Bandwidth Barn, Khayelitsha

Katlego Maphai To Tell The Story Of An African Fintech Company To Local Entrepreneurs At Bandwidth Barn, Khayelitsha

On November 24th 2018, Katlego Maphai, CEO of one the fastest growing companies in Africa, comes to Khayelitsha to talk at the next Heavy Chef event at Bandwidth Barn at Lookout Hill, in the centre of Cape Town’s biggest suburb. The title of the talk is “The Story Of An African Fintech Company”.

SA Entrepreneur-founded Startup Prodigy Finance Secures R14.39 Billion In Debt Financing Over Twelve Months

SA Entrepreneur-founded Startup Prodigy Finance Secures R14.39 Billion In Debt Financing Over Twelve Months

Debt financing enables scale and expansion to fund the best students around the world. This includes additional U.S. universities, schools and programmes, and a new loan refinance product. Prodigy Finance, the UK-based pioneer in cross-border finance founded by South African entrepreneur, Cameron Stevens, has announced that it raised R14.39 billion in the last twelve months in available debt financing.

The Guy Behind The African 'Tom's Shoes'-Style Notebook Company Reveals Why It's Good To Do Good

The Guy Behind The African 'Tom's Shoes'-Style Notebook Company Reveals Why It's Good To Do Good

HumanWrites is the little square notebook company that is growing like gangbusters around South Africa - mainly on the back of its social contribution. For each ‘Writable’ that gets sold, the company gives back to society. Pierre du Plessis is the ‘CWO’ of HumanWrites, and is going to be talking at our next Heavy Chef event in Cape Town, on design thinking and creating your ultimate mobile application. Fred Roed, CEO of Heavy Chef, spoke to Pierre in the lead up to the event on the 22 October.

The Big Bad ABSA Brand Shambles

The Big Bad ABSA Brand Shambles

ABSA or Absa has had a long, long-awaited rebrand. The first one was an unloved baby in the first place, but they had the constraints of lumping together a ragtag group of irrelevant Apartheid era banks so they were given a pass. The original rebrand was lead by the pioneering brand master Anthony Swart. So what have they done now? According to Wunderbrand founder, Nick Kuhne, a really badly rolled out rebrand where they spent all their money on a bunch of dubiously licensed drones leaving nothing left over to spend on the brand rollout.

The Khayelitsha Entrepreneur Who Is Crowd-funding His Coffee-fueled Dreams

The Khayelitsha Entrepreneur Who Is Crowd-funding His Coffee-fueled Dreams

Sikelela Dibela is a regular Heavy Chef contributor and participant. Since he was young, Siki has been passionate about contributing to an empowered and integrated community in his hometown, Khayelitsha in Cape Town. Two years ago, he was able to bring this ambition to fruition through creating a coffee culture, which served to unite people around their love of coffee. Now, Siki is set to take the next step of his entrepreneurial journey.

The 8 Biggest Legal Mistakes A Startup Will Make

The 8 Biggest Legal Mistakes A Startup Will Make

When starting a business, there are a host of basic legal mistakes to avoid. By identifying, recognising and avoiding these mistakes, you can avoid the common stumbling blocks that so many young businesses fall over.  Heavy Chef identifies the 8 biggest traps that entrepreneurs continually get caught in - you can't afford not to scrutinise this list (3 minute read). 

How To Start A Kickass Online Business (Part 2 of 3): Setting Up Your E-commerce Store

How To Start A Kickass Online Business (Part 2 of 3): Setting Up Your E-commerce Store

In Part 1 of this series, we gave you some things to consider before you start your online business store. In Part 2, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty of actually setting up your store. Believe it or not, setting it up is actually the quick part. Just thank your lucky stars it’s 2018 and the tools are at your fingertips.